At First Descents, we define our lives by the depth of our friendships, the adventures we live, and the moments of laughter, peace, fear, and humility we experience. We remember the important things; the defining things, like brilliant sunsets, big rapids, glassy waves, and endless rock faces. We’re fueled by the feeling of standing up on a surfboard for the first time, paddling through whitewater, and topping out on a climb, always surrounded by friends who feel more like family. These are the moments that define First Descents and the paradigms our programs seek.

Kayaking Bryson, NC

Rock Climbing New River Gorge, WV

Rock Climbing Ouray, CO

Rock Climbing Estes Park, CO

Rock Climbing North Conway, NH

Rock Climbing Adirondacks

Kayaking Hood River, OR

Kayaking Charlemont, MA

Kayaking Missoula, MT

Kayaking Jackson, WY

Kayaking Medford, OR

Surfing OBX, NC

Surfing Santa Cruz, CA

Rock Climbing Moab, UT


The original week-long program open to all first time or previous FDi participants.

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The ultimate experience, open to alumni that have attended an FD1 program.

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FD Tribs

Urban FD communities created to help support alumni and the larger FD family.

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A weekend program in partnership with cancer centers across the nation.

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A week-long program open to caregivers who have been nominated by FD alumni.

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A week-long program open to survivors and fighters age 40-49.

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Please click on the APPLY button above to start the process of getting registered for a First Descents program. Between now and May, we still want you to become a member of the First Descents family. We’re currently working on some incredible initiatives to allow YA fighters the opportunity to begin Out Living It with FD, so join our newsletter to be kept up to date on all things First Descents.

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